Tractor Trailer Accidents
As a corridor state, New Jersey has more trucks on its highways per square mile than virtually any other state in the country. Because of their size and weight, these trucks present the potential for serious injury or death, should an accident occur.
According to data collected from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the number of people who died in large truck crashes on U.S. highways in 2016 was nearly 4,000, 27% higher than in 2009. Not surprisingly, 82% of those deaths involved occupants of cars and pedestrians struck by trucks. The number of truck occupants who died was 47% higher than in 2009. The victims who survive truck accidents frequently face serious injuries, costly medical bills and the loss of significant income.
At Wilentz, we understand that truck accidents are different than other motor vehicle accident cases. Accidents involving tractor trailers and trucks must be investigated immediately, as many involve out-of-state and foreign companies as well as violations of state and federal trucking industry standards. In addition, because special rules apply to large trucks using our highways, it is important that victims of truck accidents consult with an attorney who has the experience and resources necessary to effectively handle such claims. We have extensive experience in truck accident litigation, having been entrusted with these cases for nearly 100 years.
Numerous elements must be considered to fully evaluate an accident involving a truck and the appropriate recovery for the victims. The condition and design of roadways, the actions of the drivers involved, the condition of their vehicles, weather conditions, actions of other vehicles, and several other factors may all play a part in the ultimate decision. If you are involved in a truck accident, you will want to have all of these circumstances put in their proper perspective by attorneys who have a wealth of experience in dealing with them. We have successfully represented scores of injured persons involved in accidents with trucks, and we are willing to bring this extensive experience to bear on your situation.
The Personal Injury Team at Wilentz can provide truck accident victims with the experience and resources necessary to insure a favorable recovery. We serve clients from our offices located throughout New Jersey, New York City and Pennsylvania, providing victims with the financial compensation they need and deserve. Contact us today to receive a free consultation and to learn more about how we can assist you.
Why Do You Need an Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer?
In most car accident cases, only two types of parties are involved: the driver who caused the crash, and the victim of the other driver’s negligence. Truck accidents, however, may involve numerous at-fault parties, including:
- Truck driver
- Tractor/trailer owner/lease
- Truck Manager
- Government entity
- Driver’s employer
To receive compensation after you have been injured or lost a loved one in a collision with a tractor-trailer, you will need to establish that another party caused the accident. Different types of fault that can contribute to truck crashes include:
- Sudden braking
- Drug and Alcohol use
- Distracted Driving
- Driver Fatigue
- Improper Loading
- Negligent or lack of maintenance
- Mechanical Defects
You can protect your rights and your claim for compensation for injuries caused by tractor trailers by hiring an experienced truck accident attorney at Wilentz as soon as possible. Our attorneys will:
- Conduct a Timely, Comprehensive Investigation
We will send our team of investigators and experts to the crash scene, contact investigators of law enforcement personnel and take all the necessary steps to ensure that the tractor-trailer maintenance records, shipping records, log books and other important evidence is neither lost nor destroyed.
- Analyze the Evidence
We will examine all evidence involved in your case to determine the course of your truck accident and to identify all parties who should be held responsible. In many cases, a truck accident is caused by the violation of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations. Our attorneys have a strong grasp of these regulations and know the role they can play in your case.
- Seek a Timely, Full and Fair Settlement
Our goal will be to attempt to resolve your case as efficiently as possible while, at the same time, obtaining a maximum amount of compensation for you and your family.
- Litigate Your Case
We are skilled, experienced trial attorneys and will prepare your case from inception for possible trial.
What is Your Truck Accident Claim Worth
Tractor trailer accidents can result in serious harm and death to those in other vehicles involved in a crash. At Wilentz, our attorneys have a record of obtaining results for truck accident victims. The results that can be obtained in a specific truck accident case depends on a variety of factors that are unique to each case. Past results do not guarantee or predict that a similar result can be obtained in your case. However, at Wilentz, we can guarantee that we will work hard for you and seek full and fair compensation for all of your damages, including past and future medical expense, loss income, diminished future earning capacity, pain and suffering and all remedies available under our legal system.